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1989 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3 V12 H.E. [XJ77]

1989 Jaguar XJ-S [XJ77] in The Big Lebowski, Movie, 1998 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK — Made for: USA

1989 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3 V12 H.E. [XJ77]

Position 01:33:18 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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G-MANN UK

2007-01-20 20:02

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Belongs to Bunny Lebowski (Tara Leid), the wayward teenage trophy wife of aging wheelchair-bound millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The license plate reads "LAPIN" which is French for Rabbit.

-- Last edit: 2009-10-01 00:52:19

XJ40 UK

2007-03-03 18:17

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i got the year it's an 88 wait a minute you used to work at jaguar didn't you g-mann? they never put airbags in thier cars until 1990. jag had no airbags in thier xj40's and xj77's back in 1988. that airbag was fitted in thier :p

-- Last edit: 2007-03-03 18:19:25

Skid US

2007-04-20 22:59

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She's shown shifting and working a clutch in the movie...weren't all of these automatics?

DINAN PL

2007-04-29 22:11

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There were 4 gear (only ┤75-┤78) and 5 gear manual transmissions too.

Drujon US

2009-10-01 17:16

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There are a number of oddities with this particular car. First the wheels are from a much earlier XJ, second the panel between the taillights is not correct and manual transmissions were only available in the US in very eary cars (1976) and the '92-'94 6 cylinder cars. This car doesnt have the restyled front and back end of the '91+ models.
This could be a grey market chopped-top import dressed up to look like a later model with the air-bag being fake, or it could be two different cars made to look alike - a very common practice in Hollywood films.

cudak888 US

2012-08-15 16:53

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Drujon has it right - it's a massive Hollywood kludge job, probably from a series of junkers (they were going to wreck it anyway, right?). The kludge is odd enough that it is probably safe to say there are no duplicates being used here. The back quarters indicate a pre-1991 car, but the trunk is from a a '91-96 - with a few earlier details cut-and-shut onto the trunklid.

There are two logical possibilities:

A. It is a pre-1991 shell that was subjected to donor parts - interior, drivetrain, and all - from one of the later 6-cylinder cars.
B. It is a crash-damaged '92-94 with bodywork (especially the rear quarters) added from an earlier car.

-Kurt

-- Last edit: 2012-08-15 22:00:18

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